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Opens June 3, 2023

Madame Butterfly


By Giacomo Puccini



June 3–July 1, 2023


Giacomo Puccini


Starts at $31

Run Time

Approximately 2 hours 41 minutes including one intermission


Sung in Italian with English supertitles


Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa


Music Director Eun Sun Kim conducts a new staging of
Puccini’s heartbreaking drama from director Amon Miyamoto. Told through the eyes of Trouble, the son of Cio-Cio-San and Lt. B.F. Pinkerton, this unique production provides a new perspective on an age-old story.

Costume designs by late fashion icon Kenzō Takada adorn
a cast that stars Karah Son, Michael Fabiano, Hyona Kim,
Lucas Meachem, and Julius Ahn.

See a Performance

Best Availability
June 6
June 24
June 27
July 1

The Buzz

"Karah Son sings Cio-Cio-San with a pure sound of rounded beauty, which is, by turn, caressing and thrilling, achieving searing power in climactic notes with never a hint of stridency."
-The Sydney Herald

“[Michael] Fabiano’s vocal grandeur — now sweeping and impassioned, now delicately pointed — had a way of carrying everything along with him.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

"[Lucas] Meachem is a physically commanding performer with a voice to match; he uses it with lots of variety and color."
-Santa Fe New Mexican


A 15-year-old Japanese girl devotes herself to her absent American husband—only to discover, after years of waiting, that he married another woman while abroad.

Read Complete Synopsis

* San Francisco Opera Debut

June 3, 6, 9, 18, 21, 24, 27; July 1, 2023

Previous performances of Madame Butterfly can be found in our Archive.

New San Francisco Opera co-production with the Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation, Semperoper Dresden, and Det Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen

Hear The Music

Audio excerpts are from the 2007 cast of Madama Butterfly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles.

“Addio, fiorito asil”/Brandon Jovanovich; Butterfly’s Entrance/Patrcia Racette and the San Francisco Opera Women’s Chorus; Flower Duet/Patricia Racette and Zheng Cao; “Un bel di” (central section)/Patricia Racette; “Vogliatemi bene”/Patricia Racette and Brandon Jovanovich

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Jerome L. and Thao N. Dodson; Margareta and Staffan Encrantz; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.